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‘Frailty’ is a condition that we know can affect people as they get older and means people can be weaker and more vulnerable than they used to be.

The sorts of thing that suggest a person may be frail include:

  • Difficulty getting about – slow walking, using a stick or frame
  • Recent or recurrent falls
  • Being confused
  • Needing help to do everyday tasks

This study aims to determine if it is possible to accurately assess frailty in the Emergency Department (ED) in patients aged 65 or more admitted with major trauma. We are doing this because we do not currently know how common frailty is in the UK major trauma population or whether it is feasible to carry out early frailty assessment in the ED in this patient group. This early identification could lead to improved pathways of care that positively impact on health and longer term recovery.

We also hope to find out if there is a particular measurement tool for frailty in major trauma that more accurately identifies if a patient is frail in the ED. Lastly, we would like to find out about what happens to older patients who are admitted to hospital as a result of trauma, and to see how their recovery is progressing 6 months after discharge.

The study is taking place across the pan-London Trauma System and in Southampton.

Study team

Lead Investigators:

Professor Heather Jarman (St George’s)

Professor Robert Crouch (University Hospitals Southampton)

Dr Mark Baxter (University Hospitals Southampton)

Dr Elaine Cole (London Trauma System)

Study coordinator: tbc

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Key documents

FRAIL-T study protocol

FRAIL T study patient information sheet (not site specific)

FRAIL-T study personal consultee information sheet (not site specific)

FRAIL-T study nominated consultee information sheet (not site specific)

FRAIL-T study patient regaining capacity information sheet (not site specific)